According to an email sent to parents by the principal at El Capitan High School, an unknown man armed with a knife allegedly followed a group of high school girls and threatened another student with a knife in the Lakeside area before school Tuesday morning. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe reports.
An unknown man armed with a knife allegedly followed a group of teenage girls walking in Lakeside Tuesday morning and threatened to harm another student who questioned his actions, according to an email sent to parents by a high school principal.
The email, obtained by NBC 7 San Diego, was written by El Capitan High School principal Laura Whitaker, who said the incident involved a group of El Capitan students.
According to Whitaker’s note, a group of female students were allegedly being followed by an unknown man near a bus stop at Highway 8 Business and Los Coches Road at around 6:10 a.m.
When the girls noticed the man following them, they ran to the pool area of the nearby Lamplighter Los Coches Mobile Home Park, and then ran to a friend’s house to get away.
Whitaker’s email said a male El Capitan student spotted the man following the girls and approached the man to ask why he was following them. At that point, the man allegedly threatened the student with a knife and the boy ran to the mobile home park.
“All students were frightened, but not injured,” Whitaker said in the email.
The principal said the high school contacted the Santee Sheriff Station and deputies filed a report. The incident is under investigation.
The students described the suspect as a dark-skinned man, around 6-feet-tall, with long, “scraggly” hair or dreadlocks. He was wearing a hoodie and baggy pants, and walked with a limp.
“As a precautionary measure, please make sure your child does not travel to school alone. It’s always best to walk with a buddy or group of friends,” Whitaker’s email warned.
Anyone with information on the suspect matching the aforementioned description should contact the Santee Sheriff Station at (858) 565-5200. Also, Whitaker said any unusual activity to and from the school should be reported to the assistant principal’s office.